The Community Education Center of Eden Prairie, Minnesota has cancelled its plans to offer a "Da Vinci Code Historical Seminar" this spring.
As DIH reported back in January, Community Education Services of Eden Prairie offered a "Da Vinci Code Historical Seminar" in its Winter & Spring 2006 catalog. The course was the first offering in the catalog, and was to have been given three times: once on April 27, once on May 4, and again on May 11.
Community Education is a service of the Eden Prairie Public Schools.
The course description ran:
"Did you find the historical events in the 2003 fictional bestseller interesting but too fantastic to believe? Actually, most of the background items cited in the book were tied to events purportedly recorded in history: some to Leonardo Da Vinci...some to the disciple Mary of Magdola of early Gnostic Christianity, the Holy Grail, and Knights Templar who may have evlolved into Free Masonry."
It was the next sentence that got DIH's attention: "The Priory of Sion actually existed since 1099 and Opus Dei frightfully exists right here in the USA, today!"
The Spring and Summer Catalog is now out. And it makes no mention of the Da Vinci Code Seminar. When I called the offices of Community Ed I was told the course had been cancelled.
Explanations as to why the course was cancelled vary. As one source told DIH, when she called to ask what the story was she was told they needed the classroom for something else. When I called today, I was told "we just didn't get enough people signed up for it."
So, I called George Tkach. Mr. Tkach, readers will recall, was the man who was giving the course.
Mr.Tkach was not happy to hear from Desperate.
"You've made a lot of trouble for me," he said, " you and your Catholic cohorts! I've gotten letters from as far away as North Dakota!"[Can Iowa be far behind?] "And I've spoken to my attorney about possibly taking you to court! Goodbye!"
[Hat tip: Geny in Eden Prairie. Hey, Geny- are you one of my "cohorts"?]